The climate change policy debate is heating up as nicely as the Earth’s surface temperatures.
The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a consortium of big businesses and environmental groups, on Thursday unveiled its recommendations on what Congress and the new White House should include in a climate change bill. The proposal, which took two years to conceive, outlines what a carbon emissions cap-and-trade system should look like, including targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over time.
Plenty of special interest groups have offered their takes on what the legislation should include, including one presented by an industry group for electric utilities yesterday. But...
Markus Beck, the chief scientist at Solyndra, has defected to thin-film solar giant First Solar, according to sources.
The loss of Beck is a major loss for Solyndra, according to solar execs who heard about the switch. As chief scientist, Beck oversaw projects for improving the efficiency and performance of the company’s unusual, cylindrical copper, indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells. His name is on various Solyndra patents.
“Beck was truly the key technical solar guy over there,??? wrote one solar exec.
Both Solyndra and First Solar have not returned calls for comment. Beck, however, has arleady started at First Solar, say sources.
Is the Tesla Motors deal just an interim solution for Daimler until the Germany car maker can start getting lithium-ion battery packs from its joint venture with Evonik?
That was what it sounded like in a post on Green Car Congress yesterday where Daimler’s spokesman Matthias Brock said this:
"he agreement with Tesla "helps us to bridge the time until the industrialization of lithium-ion batteries within our joint venture with Evonik will be ready," Brock told Green Car Congress.
Brock’s comment cast a different light to the Tesla announcement by CEO Elon Musk, who described the deal more as the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Musk said his San Carlos,...